Hello, My name is Mike. I've been a member since August 2009, but have just been reading the posts until now.
I was in law enforcement for fifteen-years and was injured on-the-job, in 2001. I put off the back situation until 2006, when I had a Charite artificial disc placed in L5/S1. The first years went well, but in April 2008, I started a down-hill decline. Now, I'm on more pain meds then before the surgery, and in greater pain. I have a loving/caring wife of 23 years, and three great kids. They try to understand, but no one really gets it until they have chronic pain.
I'm not looking for answers, but just a support group. I recently returned to the surgeon, and am scheduled for additional testing. I have asked to be fused, since the disc appears to have slipped at S1. Any input about fusion would be great. I rate my daily pain at an 8/10. I'm on the pain-patch and Hydrocodone 7.5/750 mg every five-hours. I attempted to open a business, but can sit longer than 2-hours.
Thanks for this forum, and I look forward to getting to know some of you.